"I applaud the president for targeting unfairly traded steel and aluminum," Brady was quoted as saying on the Ways and Means website. "But unlike the tariffs that also sweep up fairly traded steel and aluminum, especially with trading partners like Canada and Mexico, they should be excluded from this tariff."
Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council and chief economic adviser to the president, announced his resignation March 6 because of his sharp disagreement with Trump over tariffs.
President Trump announced the tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allows the president to impose trade restrictions on any import that may threaten national security.
"We're going to build our steel industry back and we're going to build our aluminum industry back," Trump said during a March 1 "listening session" with representatives of the U.S. steel and aluminum industry, the minutes of which were posted on the White House website.
David Burritt, president and CEO of United States Steel Corp., hailed the president's decision at the same listening session.
"Having been somebody that has global views and believes in free trade, we know when it's completely unfair." Burritt said. "We are not protectionists. We want a level playing field. It's for our employees; to support our customers."
Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said the deleterious effects ascribed to steel tariffs—such as skyrocketing costs for companies that use steel and a possible depressions—are myths.
"The chattering class has been itching to assign a trade war to President Trump since he took office," Paul said. "But the steel tariffs aren't it."
In a March 3 statement, USW International President Leo W. Gerard also praised Trump's action, especially as related to China.
"American aluminum and steel manufacturers and their workers have railed for decades against the trade regulations scofflaws that bankrupted U.S. mills and destroyed U.S. jobs," Gerard said.
"China has conducted a trade war against the United States since the day in 2001 that the World Trade Organization granted the Asian giant membership," he said.